Juvenile Justice and Accountability

Juvenile Justice and Accountability

The District Attorney's Office has implemented the Juvenile Justice and Accountability Program through the use of a block grant.  The Juvenile Accountability Block Grants (JABG) program is administered by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

The goal of the JABG program is to reduce juvenile offending through accountability-based programs focused on both the offender and the juvenile justice system. The objective is to ensure that states are addressing 1 or more of the 16 purposes areas and receiving information on best practices from OJJDP.

The basic premise underlying the JABG program is that both the individual juvenile offender and the juvenile justice system must be accountable. In implementing the program, OJJDP seeks to reduce juvenile offending through both offender-focused and system-focused activities that promote accountability.

Accountability means that each offender is assured of facing individualized consequences through which he or she is made aware of and held responsible for the loss, damage, or injury perpetrated on the victim. Such accountability is best achieved through a system of graduated sanctions that are imposed according to the nature and severity of the offense, moving from limited interventions to more restrictive actions if the offender continues delinquent activities.

Accountability involves a new set of expectations and demands for the juvenile justice system. The system will need to increase its capacity to develop youth competence, to efficiently track juveniles through the system, and to provide enhanced options such as restitution, community service, victim-offender mediation, and other restorative sanctions.